Hello friends! I want to give a big round of high fives to all of the parents out there who survived the first week of school! It’s not just the start of school, but the start of all the extracuricular activities that make things feel crazy busy. And on top of the loaded down family calendar, I find that emotions around our house are running high during this week, it’s a bit of a roller coaster. There is so much anxiety and anticipation around what teachers the kids are going to get and then which friends they are with. And don’t even get me started on the fallout that comes from being seperated from a best friend! It’s not just the kids who are emotional, I always feel a bit out of sorts at the beginning of the school year too as I struggle to wrap my head around how old my kids are getting. Luckily for us this year, all of my kids are happy with their teachers and friend pairings, whew!
Labour day weekend is the last hurrah for us as a family at our lake cabin in Washington. We had such a great time last weekend with dear friends, the weather was perfect and we were able to enjoy every last minute outside.
But because we were at the lake, we didn’t get home until Monday evening, and that meant we headed into the busiest week of the school year unprepared. It was a mad scramble to get groceries, soccer cleats, binders, special felt tip markers and all of the other things that my family needed last week. All while juggling Miss Ginger, who still has a UTI, poor baby!
It wasn’t pretty, but we made it through. Once again, “surviving not thriving” was the phrase that best describes how I felt all week. I was the mom who got the ballet class time wrong and showed up an hour late, I was the mom who didn’t get the forms handed on time, and I was the mom who didn’t have all of the items on the school supply list for the first day of classes. But you know what? No one ever died because they didn’t have the recommended number of gluesticks for the first day of school! I have learned to cut myself some slack and just do my best to get through the week.
Even though I had a number of #momfails last week, I was did manage to capture our traditional “first day of school” photos! I have been taking these “first day of…” pictures of my kids since Kallum was in kindergarten. How is it possible that he is in grade 10??
Sadie is in grade 6 this year and she only has 2 years left of elementary school…cue the ugly crying!
And then there is my “baby” who is in Grade 5…didn’t she just start kindergarten, like, yesterday? Stella has the same amazing teacher that Sadie had last year and Sadie has the same teacher that Kallum had for Grade 6…both girls are in for a fantastic year!
Hopefully we will all get settled into a routine soon and I can feel a bit more productive. I have so many great blog posts planned, including several rooms reveals from my house and then a client project reveal. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and I can’t wait to start bringing in some fall decor around my home.
Well, time to sign off and get back to organizing and colour coding our family calendar!
Have a great week ahead everyone!